BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Debuts FWD Lineup in Geneva

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

BMW’s first foray into the world of front-wheel drive cars, the 2 Series Active Tourer, has just been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

This car shares its platform with the new MINI Cooper, with style that mimics the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. BMW calls it a lifestyle focused vehicles, which will get its power from either a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 136 hp, a 2.0-liter four cylinder that puts out 231 hp or a small diesel that makes 150 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque.

Top of the line models will get the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder which helps the small car get to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds.

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Although this is the most family focused vehicle in the BMW lineup, the brand still includes a dynamic control switch that allows the driver to switch between Eco Pro, Sport and Comfort drive modes. For those who want a little more, BMW is offering an M Sport package that includes enhanced aerodynamics, M Sport suspension and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels along with sports seats.

There will be five seats available at launch, but that will grow to seven seats in 2015. The rear seat can slide and fold if more space is required, and the trunk features push button automatic opening and closing. Technology will be in no short supply, as the car is fitted with a head-up display along with BMW’s connected drive suite of services including such things as live traffic updates.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will launch in Europe first, and is likely to come to America as a 2016 model, though the company has not confirmed any plans to bring it to the US as of yet.

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Stephen Elmer
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Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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